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October 02, 2003

Circle Hooks For Redfish

Circle hooks and redfish match perfectly. The bronze battlers engulf their prey, and their strong jaws serve as a perfect anchorpoint for hooks.

Circle hooks and redfish match perfectly. The bronze battlers engulf their prey, and their strong jaws serve as a perfect anchorpoint for hooks. When selecting circle hooks, look at the gap (distance between point and shank). The larger the gap, the larger the fish you can catch with that hook and the easier it is to attach bait. Hooks for trophy-sized redfish should have a 3/4-inchor larger gap and be constructed of wire strong enough to withstandthe struggles of 40-pound fish. Hooks used to present live baitssuch as finger mullet for smaller reds should have a 1/2-inch gap.These smaller hooks typically feature thinner wire that's lessdamaging and burdensome to live baits.

The degree of offset between hook point and shank makes a hugedifference with redfish. The more offset, the greater thelikelihood a redfish will get deeply hooked in the soft tissues.Considering this, use only circle hooks with a 4-degree or lessoffset. I also mash down the barbs on circle hooks, making themeasier to remove.

I've tried a variety of methods for attaching circle hooks to leader material, but always come back to the snell. This connectiontests at 100 percent of the line's breaking strength, and thestraight angle of pull on the shank increases chances of jawhooking. Nowadays, hook manufacturers make circle hooks with anup-eye to facilitate snelling. Examples include the Eagle Claw L2222, Owner SSW, Mustad Demon Circle and VMCSport Circle.